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FG Appointments Are Based On Merit Now – Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that appointments by the present Federal Government are based on merit.


He said this at the thanksgiving reception by the newly appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms Grace Gekpe on Sunday.


The minister who was represented by the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Bayo Onanuga stated that the era of “godfatherism or favouritism” had gone.


“Appointment into positions is strictly on merit and that is why Gekpe has been able to become Permanent Secretary through hardwork,” he said.


According to him, Gekpe was among the few that passed the examination written by all those who were qualified for the seat. “She earned herself the position,” Mohammed said.


“She is a permanent secretary by virtue of hard work, merit and because she has a lot of things to offer,’’ He said.


Mohammed underscored the necessity for improved funding for the Ministry of Information and Culture, as well as its parastatal agencies.


Rejoicing with Gekpe, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, urged the permanent secretary to show loyalty to the minister and seek God guidance in the discharge of her duty.

She noted that the position of permanent secretary is the highest any worker is dreaming to attain in civil service as she challenged Gekpe to show that she deserves to be in such exalted level.

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